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According to the Murray State University Academic Bulletin (Links to an external site.), "service learning uses experiential learning techniques to combine community service with specific learning objectives in a course" (2017-18, p. 51-52). Through service learning students perform meaningful service to the community while engaging in a study that is related to that service.
Philosophically, service learning reflects the belief that education should be connected to values, character, and social responsibility.
Students learn and develop through active participation in carefully organized service experiences that meet actual community needs and that are coordinated in collaboration with the school and the community.
The instructional method is integrated into the academic curriculum and provides time for students to reflect on their activities through small group discussions, class activities, and journal writing.
Students have opportunities to use newly acquired knowledge and skills in actual community situations.
The lessons taught in the classroom and extended into the communities help students develop a sense of caring and responsibility for others (National Community Service Act, 1990).
What is the difference between service-learning and community service?